Characterisation of an uridine-specific binding site in rat cerebrocortical homogenates

Ilona Kovács, Bálint Lasztóczi, Éva Szárics, László Héja, Gyula Sági, Julianna Kardos

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Parameters of [3H]uridine binding to synaptic membranes isolated from rat brain cortex (KD=71±4nM, Bmax=1.37±0.13pmol/mg protein) were obtained. Pyrimidine and purine analogues displayed different rank order of potency in displacement of specifically bound [3H]uridine (uridine>5-F-uridine>5-Br-uridine∼adenosine≫5-ethyl- uridine∼suramin>theophylline) and in the inhibition of [14C]uridine uptake (adenosine>uridine>5-Br-uridine∼5-F-uridine∼5-ethyl-uridine) into purified cerebrocortical synaptosomes. Furthermore, the effective ligand concentration for the inhibition of [14C]uridine uptake was about two order of magnitude higher than that for the displacement of specifically bound [3H]uridine. Adenosine evoked the transmembrane Na+ ion influx, whereas uridine the transmembrane Ca2+ ion influx much more effectively. Also, uridine was shown to increase free intracellular Ca2+ ion levels in hippocampal slices by measuring Calcium-Green fluorescence. Uridine analogues were found to be ineffective in displacing radioligands that were bound to various glutamate and adenosine - recognition and modulatory - binding sites, however, increased [35S]GTPgammaS binding to membranes isolated from the rat cerebral cortex. These findings provide evidence for a rather specific, G-protein-coupled site of excitatory action for uridine in the brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalNeurochemistry international
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


  • Adenosine and glutamate receptors
  • Intracellular Ca levels
  • Rat brain
  • Transmembrane Ca and Na ion fluxes
  • [C]Uridine uptake
  • [H]Uridine binding
  • [S]GTPgammaS binding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology

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